Nuru’s commitment to gender equality is demonstrated by two core principles:
Women-First: The Nuru model works with women as an entry point to households and communities. For example, for any household to qualify for registration in a farmer association, there must be a registered woman from the household before a man from the same household can be registered. This focus helps to increase inclusivity, empowerment, and involvement of women in community decision-making.
Inclusive Decision-Making: As women are increasingly included, their voices are more readily heard and valued. For this reason, Nuru’s approach creates opportunities for women to share in household, community, and organizational decision-making.
Women-First in Nigeria
As a result of our women-first approach, 70% of farmers registered with Nuru Nigeria this year were women, compared to the rest of the continent, where women farmers receive only 5% of available agricultural extension services.
Financial Inclusion for Rural Ethiopian Women
This year, Nuru Ethiopia engaged 3,668 women across 31 cooperatives in an integrated animal fattening and savings group activity. The activity encouraged women to increase their savings by offering access to animal fattening loans and training after demonstrating consistent savings behaviors. Through this livelihood diversification opportunity, women saw significant gains in household incomes while also providing vital capital to cooperative revolving funds that contribute to the organization’s profitability and professionalism.
Hear how financial inclusion has impacted this woman farmer: